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COPE Appoints New Member

SILVER SPRING, MD The Nominating Committee of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Rodney Hauch, DNP, RN, PCCN to its Commission on Pathway to Excellence® (COPE).

As staff nurse member of COPE, Dr. Hauch will assist in the governance of ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence Program by:

  • Providing strategic direction to the Pathway to Excellence—and Pathway to Excellence-Long Term Care—Program;
  • Approving Pathway to Excellence Program criteria, policies, and guidelines based on standards established by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and research;
  • Making final decisions regarding the awarding of the Pathway to Excellence designation.

Currently a Clinical Nurse III at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Hauch brings extensive direct care experience, and a staff nurse’s invaluable insights, to the commission.  




About the Pathway to Excellence® Program
The Pathway to Excellence® Program recognizes health care and long term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet Pathway Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway-designated organizations respect their contributions, support professional development, and nurture optimal work settings.


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC internationally recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @anccofficial. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification .





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